At many small airports, such as my home airport, EGNM, there is only tower and ATIS frequencies (along with radar). In real life, the tower controller would give ground instructions, such as pushback and taxi, as well as controlling the airspace and runways.
Why do we need this?
If you are controlling ATIS and tower at an airport without ground, aircraft are free to taxi however they want, wherever they want, without supervision. This isn’t right for a controlled airport and can make things more difficult for the tower controller. Also, this feature would once again further the realism in the sim.
How would this be implemented?
In the commands menu on the tower frequency, there could be a section called ‘Ground commands’. You’d click on this and the regular taxi and pushback menus would be displayed. When an aircraft requests pushback/taxi, it would bring up a response prompt like normal.
Also, the exit runway command would have to be altered to have an option of ‘exit runway (left/right) when able, stay on my frequency. This could selected as the last option in the chain, like in immediate takeoffs.
This would only be available at airports without a ground frequency. This is wouldn’t work if the ground frequency just wasn’t open.
Thanks for taking the team to read this, stay safe and have a great day!
There has already been a topic on this, but it has 0 votes, isn’t very detailed and is 5 years old: Ability for Tower to have Ground commands when airport has no ground frequency I have flagged it for closure.